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Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation And Owner Dan Snyder Build Playground For Children In D.C.

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Redskins alumni joined forces with Clark Construction Group, the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) and KaBOOM! to build a playground for children in the CPDC Cedar Heights community in Southeast Washington, D.C. today.

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The build kicked off at 8:30 a.m. this morning with a welcome party for more than 200 volunteers, including tight end Niles Paul and Redskins alumni Mark Rypien, Dion Foxx, Dan Ryzcek, Roy Jefferson, Bubba Tyer, Lonnie Perrin, Ken Jenkins and Mike Bragg. Alumni were instrumental in leading volunteer groups, as well as assembling the playground equipment.

At the conclusion of the build, Snyder led the ribbon-cutting ceremony, touching on the importance of the build as a means to create a safe, fun place for children and families in the Cedar Heights community to play.

"I want to thank everyone who is here today that helped to make this playground a reality for the children of the Cedar Heights community. The Redskins Charitable Foundation is proud to support the Play 60 program, which encourages all children to play 60 minutes a day. This playground will provide that important, safe and fun space for play," Dan Snyder said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "It is wonderful to see the community come together to create this and we are proud that our Redskins team – players, alumni, staff – are here together with our partners to help make a difference in the lives of children.  Thank you all for the work that you do."

Any questions regarding the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation or the playground build should be directed to Susanna Nickell of Redskins Public Relations at [email protected] or 703-726-7077.

ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic arm of the team, combines the influence and popularity of the Washington Redskins with the resources and assets of area corporations. Founded by owner Daniel M. Snyder, the Charitable Foundation is guided by its Leadership Council that consists of CEOs who help shape and define the philanthropic efforts of the Redskins to achieve a measurable impact on youth development in the areas of education, community outreach and health and wellness. Visit www.redskins.com and click on Community for more information.

CLARK CONSTRUCTION:  Clark Construction Group is of the nation's most experienced and respected providers of construction services, and is consistently ranked among the country's largest general building and civil construction firms. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., the company has regional offices strategically located throughout the United States. A diversified contractor, Clark has a century-long history of meeting the needs of public and private clients on a wide variety of project types, including healthcare facilities, roadways, airports, office buildings, multi-family residential housing projects, sports facilities, convention centers, performing arts and entertainment venues, hotels, educational facilities, laboratories, rail stations, and all manner of infrastructure. Beyond building, Clark is passionate about making an impact outside of the jobsite, and is committed to creating meaningful change in the communities it serves. For more information on Clark Construction Group, including the company's services, people, and commitment to giving back, visit: www.clarkconstruction.com.

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION: Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) is a not-for-profit real estate developer focused on the acquisition, redevelopment and operation of affordable housing communities for low- to moderate-income individuals and families.  CPDC has owned and/or redeveloped more than 25 communities in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  Today, the organization owns and operates over 4,500 residential apartments serving more than 9,000 residents.  CPDC makes a consistent investment in residents through high-quality, tailored, and site-based resident solutions.  For more information about CPDC or to support the Playground Build at Cedar Heights, visit www.cpdc.org. Join the discussion at facebook.com/cpdcorg or twitter.com/CPDCorg (#growandthrive).

KABOOM!: KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children's lives. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

Media Contact: Susanna Nickell, The Washington Redskins, 703-726-7077, [email protected]

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